Do you know your Cockador from your Chiweenie? Or even your Yorkie Poo from your Schnoodle? If the answer is yes then you have probably been looking into getting yourself a crossbreed dog. Just like a pedigree dog, a crossbreed dogs can make a fantastic addition to any household, with most of them having a calm and loving nature.
Labradoodle, a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle
A crossbreed dog, or a mixed breed dog refers to a dog that has purebred parents of different breeds, and they are sometimes favoured because of their lower risk of developing hereditary diseases. The most common crossbreed in the UK is a Cockapoo - this is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle (usually a Miniature Poodle).
Some people refer to crossbreeds as mixed breed dogs or hybrid dogs. Quite often crossbreeds are developed to produce a mix of certain traits. An example of this is when a Labrador and a Golden Retriever are crossbred to produce an effective Guide Dog, a Goldador. However, sometimes it can be difficult to predict which genetic traits are going to be passed on from each parent breed.
Advantages Of Owning A Cross Breed Dog
As well as the hilarious names (such as the Puggle), cross breed dogs are often considered as being healthier dogs because the pool of dogs to choose from is larger. This makes it easier to breed dogs without developing illnesses or diseases.
Puggle, a cross between a Pug and a Beagle
Disadvantage Of Owning A Cross Breed Dog
It can be difficult to predict the temperament and size of a crossbreed dog, however predictions are easier than for mongrels as the breed of the parents is known. If the parents differ vastly in size it is harder to predict the size than if the two parents are a similar size.